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Despite some great moments, Masseduction doesn't always sound comfortable letting its artifice crumble, and its half-hearted attempts at social commentary cause it to sag at times.

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Kelela: Take Me Apart

Kelela's excellent debut manages to evoke megastar crooners from decades past, cyborgs from the future, and, unmistakably, the defining sounds of pop music's present.

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Alvvays: Antisocialites

Antisocialites is chock full of sly, honest assessments of the misery -- or, at best, the ambivalence -- inherent in so much of dating, especially when toxic masculinity enters the frame.

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Laurel Halo: Dust

Dust dissects the modes and techniques of commercial advertisement and displaces them in barely recognizable, decidedly non-commercial contexts.

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Lorde: Melodrama

Lorde continues to mine the uncertainties of youth, the tribulations of romance, and an ambivalence toward partying on her revelatory sophomore album.

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Leftfield: Leftism 22

Leftism 22 is a document in the history of progressive house, but also a loose, pleasurable excursion as comfortable with the dance floor as it is with sweeping, cinematic beauty.

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Jlin: Black Origami

Black Origami is not an album you can sink into; attempting to do so is like trying to sleep on a bed of steel wires. Yet it is a challenging, demanding, and wholly edifying work of rhythmic art.

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Slowdive: Slowdive

Beneath all the stylish and escapist waves of sound and texture on Slowdive's return, there is a profoundly human core waiting to be sought out and unearthed.

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